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Red Deer city managers and non-unionized professionals get small raise

It’s needed to attract qualified staff, says HR director

A one per cent raise for City of Red Deer managers and other professionals has been approved.

About 157 city directors, managers, superintendents, supervisors, non-unionized professionals and specialists will see a one per cent salary increase retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Council approved the adjustment Monday.

“This increase balances the need to attract and retain qualified management and supervisory staff, while acknowledging our current economic reality,” said Kristy Svoboda, director of human resources for the city.

“Adjusting salaries on an annual basis ensures we can remain competitive with other municipalities and organizations to be able to attract required management skills.”

Collective agreements also yielded modest raises this year for the city’s unionized workers.

Svoboda said 200 Red Deer firefighters received a 2.1 per cent increase, while about 40 city electrical workers received a two per cent raise.

The 400 members of the City of Red Deer’s largest union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, gained one per cent — the same increase received by 200 members of the transit workers’ union.

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